Dechert Paris duo launches Bryan Cave

Bryan Cave has raided Dechert’s Paris office, ­snaring two partners to form the basis of its first office in France.

Corporate and M&A ­specialist Kathie Claret and public and private funds expert Joseph Smallhoover are both members of US bars and have practised in France for more than 20 years.

A period of significant hiring is expected, with the new office slated to house around 10 lawyers in the coming months.

Bryan Cave chairman Don Lents said the office would give the firm the capability to counsel businesses on multijurisdictional M&A and other matters involving France, as well as day-to-day business operations.

“Paris is often chosen as the venue for the resolution of disputes among multi-national parties, so a French law capacity was a natural choice,” he added.
Dechert declined to ­comment.